Someone stabbed a 69-year-old Bronx woman to death and almost blew up her house, according to police. Firefighters went to check on a report of a gas leak at the Wakefield home of Lilawatee Ramsaran at around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Inside her basement apartment, an NYPD spokesman said, the firefighters found lit candles, then came across the stove, tampered with, and Ramsaran's body in the living room, stabbed several times.
Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Ramsaran was a native of Trinidad, and having retired from a job at a watch company, was planning to sell off her rental property on Cranford Avenue and return to the country full-time, neighbors said. In the interim, she was back and forth, and was planning a trip to Trinidad in the coming weeks.
"She wanted to go back," friend Liz Martinez told the Daily News. "I don't know who would want to hurt her like this."
Two of Ramsaran's tenants told police that they did not hear anything unusual, according to the New York Post. Neighbors told Bronx12 they heard arguing in her apartment on Saturday night, which was strange for her.
"She was a quiet person," acquaintance Leslie Gordan told the Post. "She was a good, quiet lady."
Gordan said that tenants were at Ramsaran's apartment over the weekend.
Ramsaran's niece told the News that her family was calling Ramsaran on Sunday to try to get her to come to church, but "there was no answer."
"I felt like something was wrong because it's not like her to not answer the phone," the niece said. "If you needed something and she had it she would give it to you no questions asked. We don't know why anyone would do this to her. We are very confused right now."